In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble.Synopsis:
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she's a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden - lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult's true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls' heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
I'm glad that I finally decided to read this as I've had it since it was first released. I'm even more glad that I didn't read it right away since book 2 isn't out until Jan. 2017. I'm already not liking that I have to wait.
I've been having a pretty difficult time finishing books for about a year now. Surely I can't be tired of reading and most of the books I have been reading aren't bad, I just keep losing interest. It's why I made sure to start changing genres more often. Fantasy books are the easiest for me to finish (aside from manga) followed by paranormal. Contemporary books seem to be the hardest to finish. I have finished a few books this year, but haven't been updating, so I'm trying to get back to that.
I was pretty much hooked on this one from the start thanks to Safi and Iseult's first fight (they are so awesome when they fight together like that) against Aeduan the Bloodwitch. I really love the fight scenes in this book.
Both Safi and Iseult are really likable. Safi can be very impulsive and that pretty much starts the girls on their current lives basically unraveling. Iseult is mostly the level-headed one, but when she's on her own, her emotions tend to get in her way. As a Threadwitch, she's supposed to be able to completely control her emotions, but can't do it. Especially if she's around her mother or another Threadwitch named Alma. Both girls work best when they are together, but they aren't completely useless alone. They actually do get better at handling things when they are separated. They both impressed me when they were in Lejna at the end of the book and end up on paths that send them down different roads.
I also really liked Merik. His Nihar temper didn't bother. Most of the time, when he snapped on someone, they deserved to get snapped on. He and Safi have a strong yearning for each other that they very nearly don't give in to. But now Safi is gone, but she helped Merik meet his main goal. Not only that, part of Nubrevna has begun to recover from the horrible things that were done to it during the Great War and it should get even better after what Iseult and Safi did at the Water Well. But now Safi is gone and Merik has people he needs to keep safe. I wonder if Iseult will warn him about the Puppeteer.
Then there's Aeduan. He's probably the most interesting of the characters. He's not completely evil despite what everyone thinks of him because he is a Bloodwitch, but I think he wants to be. He doesn't want to care about other people, but there are some he can't seem not to help. Especially if they've saved his life and he ends up with a life-debt to them. He also seems to care about Evrane, his old mentor and Merik's aunt, which were some scenes I really enjoyed. I wonder what he will do now that he is headed back to his father who is definitely up to no good. The three empires are all so gung-ho to get their hands on Safi because she's a Truthwitch, but I don't think they realize there's more danger out there aside from warring with each other. Aeduan is a part of that danger, but perhaps something will happen to cause him to have to honor his Carawen vows. Right now, he seems determined to ignore the return of the Cahr Awen, but so long as he finds Iseult intriguing, I doubt he'll get away with that.
Ervane is on her way back to the Carawen Monastery to tell the other monks that the Cahr Awen have returned. Some of the monks Aeduan had asked to help him catch Safi also saw this and may have spread the word, but Ervane has even better proof. I can't wait to find out how that turns out. I doubt all of the monks will fall into line as Aeduan seems to believe that not all of the monks care about keeping their vows. We shall see.
I wonder if Vaness will find out just how important Safi is. She's more than just a Truthwitch, but without the other half of the pair, will it matter? Will it raise the value of both Safi and Iseult? Will Iseult meet up with her mother and Alma again? Will she run into Corlant again? What's his deal, anyway. Iseult isn't what he thinks she is, but someone else is. Did he have a reason for insisting that Iseult is the Puppeteer? I believe Iseult has the ability to do what the Puppeteer does, but perhaps she can do it in a way that won't drown her into too much darkness. I hope she can figure it out.
In the end, I really enjoyed this book and ended up reading it straight through. It wasn't perfect as it felt like I was thrown into the world without real explanations behind things. Most of it I was able to figure out due to context, but the worldbuilding wasn't set up in a way that didn't frustrate me. I was also irritated that for most of the story, I wasn't sure just how old our main characters are. I figured it out eventually, but I would have appreciated knowing it a little earlier. Still, they are interesting characters and I'm excited for book 2 in order to find out what's going to happen next....more
Long ago, the Dragon Born were hailed as the most powerful mages in the world. Today, they are condemned as abominations and have been huntedSynopsis:
Long ago, the Dragon Born were hailed as the most powerful mages in the world. Today, they are condemned as abominations and have been hunted to near extinction.
Sera Dering has spent her entire life hiding her forbidden magic from the supernatural council who would kill her for the crime of being born. After years of drifting, she’s finally found a new life working as a low-grade mercenary for San Francisco’s oldest monster cleanup guild. She’s safe—as long as she pretends to be human.
But a dark and mysterious power is taking control of mages’ minds, and Sera’s guild sends her in to investigate. To save her city from a magical apocalypse, she must work together with a sexy and deadly mage who represents the very council that sentenced the Dragon Born to death. And if he finds out what she is, she’ll be next…
Mercenary Magic is the first book in the Dragon Born Serafina urban fantasy series.
The Dragon Born Series The Dragon Born Serafina and Dragon Born Alexandria sister series can be read independently or together. Suggested reading order: Mercenary Magic (Dragon Born Serafina, Book 1) Magic Edge (Dragon Born Alexandria, Book 1) And more books coming soon...
I liked this one. It was pretty fast paced and it isn't too long, so it doesn't take all that long to read it. While I can't think of a series off of the top of my head that this reminds me of, the book isn't that different from the majority of the books in the UF and PNR genres. I think that I mainly liked it because it was so in line with those. You have the heroine who is not the human that she's pretending to be with a secret to hide because should it be expose, she's very likely to be put to death and the overbearing alpha male that won't take no for an answer.
Right off, knowing Sera has a secret means she's going to be put into a situation where the secret will come out. Also, because the world at large knows about the supernatural and go batshit crazy over anything magical, it's likely she'll be caught on film doing something magical. If that doesn't happen, then some overbearing man will show up and try to convince her to use the magic he knows she has and she'll end up doing it because they end up in a life or death situation. This is pretty much what happens. It was fun to read, just not very original.
I like Sera because she was sassy and smart-mouthed and that's how I like my MCs. It doesn't make her any different from most heroines, but it's a personality type that I like. I'm not sure how I feel about Kai, yet. He's very persistent, but then, he is practically a dragon. He can be really overbearing, though and he's definitely not very in tune with "the little people." For Kai, being a part of the most power magical dynasty definitely colors his views on things. Also, I don't know what the mean would do with his magic as he uses it for practically everything. I wouldn't mind him getting humbled a bit. There's no sex in this book, but Sera and Kai definitely want to have sex with each other. Sera isn't completely sold on the idea because she figures she's just one more woman in a long string of flings for Kai based on a reaction his secretary had to seeing them making out in his office. Of course, Kai seems determined to give Sera no space and promptly invites himself over to her house to hang out with her little brother Riley again.
The villains were a bit too obvious for me and their motivation was lacking. They were just power hungry and the way they went about gaining their power made them crazy. Of course, that storyline isn't completely done with as some of them are still on the loose.
And now of course, the dreaded Magic Council is poking their noses into things because they've discovered Sera has magic and they want her to be tested. So the next book will likely be about Kai training Sera for the Magic Games and Sera trying to survive her test while trying not to succumb to Kai's charms. I'll likely check it out as this book entertained me enough that I was able to finish it and lately, that has been becoming a rare thing for me to do.
There's also a companion series about Sera's twin sister Alex, but I can't decide if I want to try it. I'm sure they must be different from each other in some way, but I'm not sure how since Sera and Alex are hiding the same secret with the same consequences. Sera has partially exposed herself now, so I do wonder how that will affect Alex....more
We all need a hero...let the Saints of Denver begin
Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own,Synopsis:
We all need a hero...let the Saints of Denver begin
Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop, makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure he can do it again.
Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working toward a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own...if only the man will let him close enough to mend what's broken.
I enjoyed this, but not as much as I hoped. I've never read the other books in the original series, but I wanted to check this out. Maybe one day I'll look into those.
I liked Orlando and Dom quite a bit, especially Dom. I'm glad Lando got his happy ending because his relationship with Remy was pretty sad. He frustrated me, though. It felt like he wasn't really trying. I understand protecting your heart, but that isn't fair to the other person in the relationship. He's lucky Royal basically came to give him a kick in the ass or Dom may well have walked away.
Things move a bit fast with these two and there some times where I felt there was more tell than show, but I really liked the way they met and how into each other they were. The book isn't heavy on the sex, but what was there was pretty good.
My biggest issue is that Dom's decision at the end seemed a bit convenient. It takes care of Lando's worrying about his job quite nicely. I'm just not sure if rang true for me. He worked all that time to go back to work and even worried that he'd have to choose between Lando and his job and then decides he'll do something else? Perhaps he really did lose his passion for being a beat cop, but since we really only got to see that something wasn't working for him because Lando observed he was moody and then he told Lando it wasn't working for him, I didn't really get to feel like he had a change of heart. Other than that, I didn't have many issues and this was a nice, sweet read....more
The last thing on Damian Archer’s mind is a relationship. He’s focused on running the family business and keeping up appearances. He’s fine wSynopsis:
The last thing on Damian Archer’s mind is a relationship. He’s focused on running the family business and keeping up appearances. He’s fine with the way things are, until the tattooed help at a friend’s party takes one look at him and calls him on his bull. Fired from a brand new job, Fin Thornton is homeless and penniless. He knows men like Damian. He abhors men like Damian. Despite the wealthy man coming to his aid when he desperately needs it, Fin is hesitant to lower his guard. Yet Damian insists on being in Fin’s face, demanding things and offering help. In spite of their differences, something keeps them wanting each other. The same connection that has Damian desperate to stake a claim on the skittish Fin. But it will take a ghost from Fin’s tragic past to show both men that what they have is worth more than money.
I enjoyed reading this, but that is per the usual with Avril's books. Like Mika says, Avril sure knows how to write a sex scene. I never get tired of reading those.
I really adored Fin and his prickly personality. I loved that he couldn't stay away from Damian even though he clearly thought he should. I liked that Damian wanted so badly to take care of Fin, but eventually realizes that he couldn't smother him with it. Apparently, accepting help from rich men makes Fin feel smothered. I can figure out why pretty well, but sometimes, I felt like he was over-reacting. It took a while for me to realize that Sullivan wasn't Fin's ex-lover considering how Fin reacts to him. It isn't until the very end that I understood the why of it. I probably wouldn't have felt very comfortable around Sullivan in that situation, either, but I'm still not quite clear as to how Sullivan's money had anything to do with that.
There are a few more things that I would have liked to see develop between Fin and Damian a little bit more. They move pretty fast. I would definitely like a follow up and want to see Fin meet Damian's parents. It seems we're moving on to Sullivan's story, though. I am interested in that, so I will definitely check it out once it's released. Sullivan sounds like he's gonna be damn hot to read about....more
Zach Hardaway is one of the best physiotherapists in Europe. Tristan DuVal is a young soccer star with a groin injury. They despise each otherSynopsis:
Zach Hardaway is one of the best physiotherapists in Europe. Tristan DuVal is a young soccer star with a groin injury. They despise each other from the moment they meet. As far as Zach is concerned, Tristan is a rich, spoiled brat who is too used to getting his own way. As far as Tristan is concerned, Zach is a bossy, presumptuous prick. Tristan hates Zach. He does. The problem is, he also wants to shove Zach against the nearest wall and climb him like a tree.
Warning: explicit MM content, minor D/s undertones.
I'll start by saying I've never read any books in this series other than the prequel and I read that through Kindle Unlimited some months ago. I've seen the books all over the place since then, but I never really felt the need to read them. I only ended up deciding to try this one because my GR friends seem to really enjoy this series and I liked the blurb. I thought about trying the third one, but a few reviews put me off of that one. Meeting Gabe and Jared in this book didn't really inspire me to read their story, either, so I'm fine with just seeing them here.
What I really liked about this one is, despite Tristan being as big of a dick as he can be, all he really wanted was someone to love him, want him and keep him. It didn't keep him from being a dick, though. I got why he was that way. It's weird that I liked Tristan in this, but hated Brett in Murder in Pastel because they aren't that different. They both know how to use words to wound someone deeply and are extremely prickly. I just think maybe it was that Brett went too far. Maybe because his childhood was more damaging than Tristan's was, but trauma is trauma and both of them are dicks. Yet, I rather liked Tristan.
I really liked Zach, too. Things were going just fine for him at first, but then he just had to have Tristan all the time. I do wish he had manned up about it sooner, though. I was glad when we finally got his POV in this. I thought the whole book would be Tristan, though that wouldn't have been so bad.
The sex was hot and was even sweet at times. Neither Tristan or Zach understood why they were behaving that way. Once they did, they fought like hell against feeling it. Both of them had good reasons for it, but I wish they had come to their senses a bit sooner. The book was almost over and I was wondering how in the hell they would actually end up together. I'm not sure how I feel about what goes down with Tristan's career. That made everything a bit too easy. He's still really young, so wtf is he gonna do with the rest of his life? Surely he's not just gonna be Zach's kept man?
I'm not sure how I feel about the connection between Ryan and James and the connection to Tristan. Seems awful convenient. Their book is next. I can't decide if I want to read it. Though I suppose maybe Tristan will let out who he is to James or maybe James will find out for himself.
Overall, I'm pretty happy that I decided to read this. It kept me interested all the way through....more
A tale of pride over prejudice on the soccer pitch kicks off this gay romance series set in Scotland
Duncan Harris is on the edge. Scandal hasSynopsis:
A tale of pride over prejudice on the soccer pitch kicks off this gay romance series set in Scotland
Duncan Harris is on the edge. Scandal has shredded his LGBT soccer team’s history-making season, and now the once-unflappable striker is lashing out. Only one person can tame Duncan’s rage and make him feel like himself again…
Bullied by schoolmates in his wee village, Brodie Campbell lurked deep in the closet before coming to the city of Glasgow. Here at university he’s out and proud, but the years of abuse have left him emotionally paralyzed. Can flatmate Duncan help Brodie escape his past and heal his wounded heart?
As the two lads grow closer, Brodie can’t forget how athletes like Duncan once tortured him. When Duncan attacks an opponent who threatens Brodie, the situation escalates. Soon Brodie doesn’t feel safe anywhere—especially in Duncan’s arms.
To defeat the bullies who’ve wrecked his life, his mind, and his ability to love, Brodie must find the strength to fight his own battles. And Duncan must find the strength to let him.
Note: The Glasgow Lads series contains dirty talk with a Scottish accent, naughty bits of a gay nature, and characters who call soccer “football.”
I am happy to have a new series to follow. I have a soft spot for M/M sports romance stories and this fits the bill.
At the start of the story, Duncan and Brodie have known each other for a while. They aren't particularly close mates, but they have fooled around once. It didn't end so well and Brodie was left feeling humiliated. It seems that was a big misunderstanding. Once Duncan shows his sweet, nurturing side, they eventually begin to date, but that doesn't always go so well because they come from such different backgrounds and don't truly understand each other. Because of this, Duncan sometimes comes off as insensitive when it comes to GLBTQ issues which really pisses Brodie off because he had been bullied in his home village and his mom is a bigoted bitch.
Brodie pissed me off later, though when he deliberately hurts Duncan after an incident during one of Duncan's football games. Brodie has always had issues with footballers, so what happened really frightened him, but the way he acted was highly unnecessary and I felt awful for Duncan. Luckily, for both boys, they have some awesome friends that helped them gain some perspective.
I'm pleased with the way they worked things out and I'm mostly satisfied with the ending. The one thing I would have liked to see is Brodie dealing with his bitch mom. After all, he's only in his first year of uni. How is he supposed to pay for tuition in the following years?
I'm looking forward to continuing this series. Fergus and John seem to be up next followed by Colin, whose book I'm really excited about. I want to see what happens to that goofball....more
Ten years ago Cosmo Bari vanished, and with him, his legendary masterpiece, Virgin in Pastel. Since that day no one in the seaside art colonySynopsis:
Ten years ago Cosmo Bari vanished, and with him, his legendary masterpiece, Virgin in Pastel. Since that day no one in the seaside art colony of Steeple Hill has heard from the eccentric painter.
Surrounded by an extended family of Cosmo’s colorful compatriots, mystery writer Kyle Bari believes he has come to terms with being abandoned by his famous father, until the day Adam MacKinnon arrives with his new lover, the beautiful but poisonous, Brett.
Brett has an unerring instinct for other people’s weak spots; soon the quiet colony is seething with hostility and suspicion as Brett hints he knows something about the missing artist...
This was definitely a classic Josh Lanyon tale. I had no idea it was being released and was surprised when I got to the end of the book that he had previously released it years ago under a different name. Even had I read it back then, I would have recognized it for one of Josh's books because his style is pretty distinctive. Josh says he wrote this at the same time that he was writing Fatal Shadows and it shows. Murder in Pastel was very reminiscent of Fatal Shadows, but still managed to be its own story. I didn't feel like the characters in the two books were copies of each other or that the story was a copy. They have similarities, but I feel that each can stand on its own.
I really liked Kyle. He was so dry witted. I wanted to wrap my hands around his throat and shake him a few times, but I enjoyed being in his head. He's a better person than I am, though. Despite everything Brett put everyone through, Kyle still liked him. How the fuck did that happen? Just because Adam basically forced them to befriend each other?
I couldn't stand Brett. His life sucked. I'm sorry for him. It doesn't excuse any of the things he did, though. Or any of the things he said. Once a certain revelation came to light (I had already suspected this, though), his asking so many questions about Kyle when he was younger made a lot of sense. So did his hostility toward Kyle. Likely, he felt Kyle got everything that Brett himself should have had. It didn't turn out that way and I'm sad for him because no one should have grown up like that, but he was still a douchetastic asshole and I kept wanting to kill him my damn self.
I liked Adam, but sometimes I want to smack him. Yeah, so he knows what Brett went through growing up. He didn't want to be another person who abandoned the guy. That does not mean he had to let Brett get away with everything that he did. He should have read him the riot act. At least once. I would have liked him to explain to Brett at least once that he can't treat people the way he does. I was also pissed at him that he talked Kyle into making friends with Brett. Adam was well aware of how Brett constantly picked at Kyle when it came to Adam and he was well aware of how Kyle felt about him. I just thought that was insensitive.
The other characters were pretty good as well. I thought they were a bit stupid for letting Brett screw with their community so damned much, though. Seriously. These were grown ass people and Brett was a douche out to punish the world and he fucked all of them up. *smh*
The mystery kept me intrigued because I never saw the killer coming. I had some idea about what Brett was doing in Steeple Hill and I guessed his connection early on, but I wasn't expecting all of the revelations that came out. That damn painting was the blame for all of it. Also, Cosmo not keeping it in his pants didn't help any.
I was glad that Kyle at least gets some confirmation that Cosmo wasn't as ambivalent towards him that he thought he was. He never doubted that his father would just walk away from him. Cosmo did pretty much create a pattern. Still, he cared about Kyle, he just wasn't all that great at making sure that Kyle knew that. I do think that Kyle alienated a lot of friends during his investigation, though. I understand why he thought each of them may have been the killer, but he pretty much dredged up all of their dirt even though Brett was the one that started all of that. I wouldn't mind seeing Kyle, Adam and the other Steeple Hill residents just to see if they were able to get their camaraderie back.
As with pretty much all of Josh's stories, I enjoyed reading this quite a bit and I'm pretty damned glad that he re-released it so that I got a chance to read it....more
Kieran Delaney-Schwartz—adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed-slacker IT guy—lives his under-the-radar life by the motto: Don’t try, donSynopsis:
Kieran Delaney-Schwartz—adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed-slacker IT guy—lives his under-the-radar life by the motto: Don’t try, don’t fail. His adopted siblings are all overachievers thanks to his driven, liberal parents, but Kieran has elected to avoid disappointing anyone by not getting their hopes up. He’s coasting through his early twenties when he’s hit head-on by Theo. The successful decade-older Broadway producer sweeps him off his feet for a whirlwind thirteen months that are pretty sweet, until it all comes screeching to a halt on Valentine’s Day, with an unexpected proposal via an NYC Times Square flash mob.
Now everyone wants in on the wedding, except the grooms….
I really do wish GR would implement half stars. I'd rate this one a 3.5.
The book pretty much starts out getting right into the thick of things. Honestly, I can't blame Kieran for being pissed at that outlandish marriage proposal considering he and Theo had never discussed the topic of marriage. It was a huge proposal in a very public place, so it ends up going viral and getting attention from news networks. All of this just makes Kieran wish he could disappear. But he loves Theo and feels like he can't say no, so he says yes.
Theo floats on cloud nine until he realizes that he fucked up. They then decide to cool it, but the media blows it up all over again and Kieran agrees to use the momentum to help with getting producers for Theo's first play that he wrote on his own. All through this mess are interfering family members and friends. Theo's friends try real hard to talk to him out of marrying Kieran as they've never even met him before. I didn't like the way they talked about Kieran as though he was just like all of the other men Theo had been involved with before him. I get wanting to protect your friend, but at least meet the dude before you bad mouth him.
Things were real up and down between Theo and Kieran throughout the book. I thought they could have done with actually talking about things more. Both of them try to hide something from the other once the whole proposal debacle begins and it doesn't help at all. I wanted to knock them around for that.
Eventually, both of their secrets come out and Theo gets real upset at Kieran over his. This leads up to a rather unsatisfying ending. It felt like the end was just suddenly there. For real, wtf was that?! It left me feeling disappointed.
The rest of the books will be following Theo's group of friends, though I wonder if Kieran's best friend will get a book of his own as well. I'm not sure if I want to continue the series, but the excerpt for book 2 sure does get things off to a sexy start. I'll have to think about it. I'm not sure if I want to read about Gideon and Dane. I'll be shocked if they aren't each other's HEA, but considering all of the messiness between those two, I don't see how they can work it out. Talk about dysfunctional. Probably co-dependent, too....more
Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner,Synopsis:
Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.
As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn't working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn't work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn't being tied down at all.
I enjoyed this more than I expected to. Enough of my GR friends didn't and so I avoided reading it. Even some of the author's big fans didn't enjoy it much, so that was another reason to avoid it. For some reason, I was in the mood for something new to read and picked it up. I can't even completely put my finger on why I decided to give it ago. It was probably some discussion on Mary Calmes that made me do it.
In the end, I'm glad I decided to give it a go. It was a good read for me. It's very typical Mary Calmes, though, so if you don't like her, I wouldn't read this at all. It's full of the usual things: a pretty clueless MC, a lot of people interrupting each other before they can finish their sentences, recklessness and an MC that everybody loves. At least Miro is a more toned down Jory. Still really clueless, though.
For most of the book, Miro obsesses over how he feels about Ian and how he can't have him, but can't seem to be with anyone else at the same time. Meanwhile, Ian isn't saying what he wants, but he sure is showing it and it's really damn obvious to anyone that isn't Miro. When Miro finally catches a clue and others explain to him that they had been assuming that he and Ian always had been together, he feels pretty stupid. And he should; because he was.
It turns out, that things didn't play out with Ian the way anyone would have expected them to what with Ian's personality at work and Miro seeming to be less aggressive. Definitely the other way around. Which was hot. I'm not used to Mary writing an MC that isn't the more submissive partner in the relationship. It was a nice change. I am a little confused as to whether or not Ian is gay-for-Miro, just plain gay, but was in the closet, or if he's bisexual. It doesn't really matter, I'm just not sure which is the case. He says he's gay later, but that could have just been because he's now in a relationship with Miro.
Much everything else about the story is pretty usual, though. Although, I thought it was odd that the blurb says that Miro is known to be the calm and collected one. Ian is a hothead, sure and tends to put people off. It was mostly odd because Miro was the one being reckless all over the place. It made Ian yell at him a lot. True, though, Miro is the one that can get Ian back under control when he starts to fray.
One of the most interesting parts of the story was the visit to the prison Miro makes to see someone he helped put in jail a few years prior to becoming Ian's partner. That dude is creepy. I have a feeling we'll be seeing him again.
After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’sSynopsis:
After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…
Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.
Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that's determined to trip them up at every turn.
This is another one of those ones that I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed it. So far, I've only read one other book of Riley's and that was her debut Collide. I haven't read any of the others because many of my GR friends have either raved about them or hated them and the rest they just didn't seem to like at all, so I've been staying away. I'd planned to stay away from this one, too, but I was desperate to find a book that I could finish because I've been DNF'ing left and right these days. I just can't seem to keep my focus and most of the books I've thought I was going to seriously enjoy have let me down. I did start and stop this one a few times because I was reading something else at the same time, but in the end, I finished it, so that's makes it good in my book.
I really liked Bryce. He was fun and he really drew Nick out of his shell. Nick seemed to be more like himself when he was around Bryce. Bryce of course, wasn't perfect. I wanted to slap upside his head more than once over that whole mess with lying to his parents about his relationship with Christy. That was just ridiculous. Nick was a sweet kind of guy, but he could get aggressive when he wanted to. I kind of wanted to slap him upside his head a bit, too. No two grown ass men should be that afraid of their parents. I understand being worried/afraid about your family accepting you as being in a relationship with a man, but the other stuff was stupid. Nick's mom also needed some slapping up against her head, too. Even if she did eventually make an effort, I still wanted to punt her at least once.
Over all, this was a nice read. I didn't get completely lost in it and sometimes the dirty talk seemed like it was trying too hard, but Bryce and Nick fit. There was some angst (which made sense), though I did want them to shut up about it sometimes. At least they didn't dither around too long. That would have made me real frustrated....more
Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his aSynopsis:
Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his avian maturity, he still can’t be sure of his exact species.
But with species comes rank, and rank is everything to the avians. When a partial shift allows the elders to announce that they believe Ori to be a rather ugly little duckling, he drops straight to the bottom rung of their hierarchy.
Life isn’t easy for Ori until he comes to the attention of a high ranking hawk shifter. Then the only question is, is Ori really a duck—and what will his new master think when the truth eventually comes out?
I actually enjoyed this one more than I was expecting to. I originally avoided it because I had no desire to want to read about bird shifters. The main reason I ended up deciding to go with it is because I like Kim's BDSM stories quite a bit and because I've been on a bit of a shapeshifter kick lately.
It was really good to see Ori flourish through his submission. I really enjoyed the interactions between Ori and Raynard. The sex was hot as is the usual with a Kim Dare book.
My major issue was that outside of their roles as master and submissive, Ori and Raynard didn't have much more going on personality wise, especially Ori. I didn't feel as there was much more to Ori other than wanting to please Raynard or panicking when he didn't have Raynard around to give him orders. His interactions with others didn't really bring out anything else in him, either. Raynard at least really interacted with a few other characters.
I was also a bit miffed about the whole separation that Raynard started when Ori's true nature was revealed after his first full shift. He ended up hurting both of them for no reason. I understand why he felt it was necessary to do it, but I mostly just wanted to smack him upside the head. At least Mr. Hamilton finally stepped up and did something that didn't make me despise him for once.
All in all, this book held my attention where so many haven't been doing that lately. For that, I'm glad that I decided to give it a shot after all....more
Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quietSynopsis:
Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.
This was a cute, short read. I appreciated that Spencer and Quinn don't just fall into bed together. They spend time getting to know each other and fall for each other over time. Spencer was already attracted to Quinn, but he didn't think he had a chance in hell of anything happening between them. For Quinn's part, he hadn't even really noticed Spencer at first aside from knowing he was a non-threatening neighbor. He comes to appreciate Spencer's geekiness, lovely smile and cooking, though.
I really enjoyed the scene where Spencer accidentally meets Quinn's family. He was accepted right away. I really liked Quinn's mom.
Quinn's teammate Javier I just wanted to punch in the face, though. Seriously, what a jerk. Plus, I swear that dude is in the closet some kind of deep.
I was happy that Quinn went after Spencer after that whole fiasco. I just kind of wish the book hadn't ended quite where it did, unless there's going to be a sequel. I wouldn't mind a series of shorts featuring these two. However, if this is all Charlie is writing about Spencer and Quinn, I wish there had been at least an epilogue. I would love to see how things work out between them in the long run. Can Spencer handle Quinn's job? Will Quinn continue to appreciate Spencer even after he's all healed up and back to work? Those things would be nice to know.
I read this one straight through, so it definitely hit the spot for me. Every once in a while, I just like to read something sweet and light and this definitely fills that slot....more
Dear Author, I somehow inherited the care of a brat who either wants me or hates me— it’s hard to tell which. The first is unacceptable, anDescription:
Dear Author, I somehow inherited the care of a brat who either wants me or hates me— it’s hard to tell which. The first is unacceptable, and inappropriate, given our age difference and my status as his guardian (and maybe our genders, depending whether Author chooses “real” historical or an AU in which same sex relationships are accepted); the second I’d gladly deal with until he comes of age and we’re both free. Sending him away to school helped, except for holidays, which he’d come home for, whether I sent for him or not. He’s done with school now, though, and making life difficult for everyone. He’s becoming a hellion. I need to figure out what’s causing him to act out and rein him in, but I’m not sure I can without making things worse. He has me so in knots I don’t know if I want to kiss him, spank him, kiss him and spank him, or send him as far away as possible to save us both. Can you settle things out before we destroy each other?
Photo Description: A stable. Two men in— but mostly out of— Regency-period clothing are grappling on the straw-covered floor, kissing. The younger man, one leg hooked around the older man, is naked except for his shirt. The older man is mostly clothed, although his breeches are pushed down around his thighs. The older man is on top, and he is definitely in charge of the situation.
This was a quick read, but pretty hot once this got started. Simon was so sure he hated Oliver and Oliver seemed to think pretty low of Simon. Seems the two of them were just misunderstand their feelings the whole time. =D
I wouldn't mind reading a longer story about these two. I really want to see how things work out for them....more
I'm getting into this series pretty seriously. The firefights can be confusing to follow at times, but they still keep me on edge. We learMy Thoughts:
I'm getting into this series pretty seriously. The firefights can be confusing to follow at times, but they still keep me on edge. We learn how Jonah ended up as a part of Koko's team and why he hates her brother so much.
Jonah actually seems to like his teammates, but he doesn't enjoy his math and science lessons, hahaha.
Still, if I were in a firefight, I'd want Jonah on my side. For such a young kid, he's got good instincts. He still has a lot to learn though. Especially when it comes to using knives in a fight.
So far, I'm actually liking the characters. They're strange, but good in a fight....more
This volume is even crazier than the first one. These people are all insane. Even the CIA agent is crazy.
Some assassins come to take KokoMy Thoughts:
This volume is even crazier than the first one. These people are all insane. Even the CIA agent is crazy.
Some assassins come to take Koko out and there's a huge fire fight. Of course, the assassins are nowhere near being sane, either.
Now Koko's older brother has shown up and he and Jonah have a history. It's obviously not one that ended on good terms. Koko tried to keep them from meeting, but looks like that didn't work at all....more